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How to list partners on a startup business

Albany, NY |

Looking to take on 1 or more investors to fund a small business idea in new york. Typically how would they each be listed as 10 or 20 percent owners. Is that just listed on my states LLC or corp. forms? Or done by civil contract? Would it be any different if the investor (s) were not a citizen or permanent resident of the US?

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Don't do this by yourself without a lawyer. Issuing securities is not like filing for a name change. Fraud in the issuance of a security is much more expansive than fraud in a commercial transaction. Any written communication you make will be held against you in the worst possible interpretation. Avvo has so many good business and securities attorneys you can choose from under the Find a Lawyer function located at both the top and bottom of each page.

PS - yes, there is a huge difference between a domestic and foreign investor in terms of regulation.

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Please retain a good tax and business lawyer!!! This is too complicated to"do it yourself". Your attorney will draft an Operating Agreement that will address the rights the investors and protect you.

Good luck!

Ron Cappuccio

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You likely need an offering circular describing your company, business, history and experience. This is a complex legal document with liability for any misstatements or omissions. You must hire an experienced securities lawyer to help you with it.
Oddly enough, sales to nonresident aliens are exempt, but you still need to consult a securities lawyer about it.

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